Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa are fighting. They have long disliked each other, so they put on a real show. The fighters constantly insulted each other, and nearly fought at the weigh-in. Paulo Costa gave Israel his white belt with jiu-jitsu on it, pointing out that Israel is weak in that area. In return, Israel hinted to Paulo Costa about him using steroids.
Costa is a very atypical Brazilian. He’s a black belt in jiu-jitsu, but he doesn’t work on the ground when fighting in the octagon. Out of 13 official fights Borrachinha only one of them resulted in submissions, with his crown being hard knockouts instead. Weighing about 109 pounds between fights he relies entirely on his powerful fists that can rarely be handled by someone else.
Basically, he tries to hit with his hands. Sometimes he throws out and scrapes kicks. But all the knockouts in UFC he made with his fists.
One of the most spectacular fights in Borracinha’s career was against Juraya Hall. The experienced Jamaican Hall, himself an excellent puncher, faced Borracinha on July 7th, 2018 in Las Vegas. A little earlier, Hall had snapped a three-fight losing streak and planned to solidify his position in the promotion. Costa stormed through the UFC with three big knockouts and in all of his interviews he said he would easily “overpower” Hall.
After taking one for the team, the fighters were finally able to get in some workouts. Costa looked much larger than his opponent: Adesanya seemed too small and weak next to the enormous Brazilian.
The fight started. The defending champion, Costa, moved on the challenger Adesanya. Borrachinha was very brave in his start to the fight. But in the first round he could not hit Costa at all. Israel bombarded his opponent’s legs with hard low kicks, carefully tracking down Costa’s attacks.
Lewis Adesanya was usually more accurate and faster than the challenger, leaving Borrachinha’s legs bruised. This slowed Borrachinha’s pace of attack as he couldn’t step onto Lewis Adesanya the same way he did with his last opponent.
In the second round, Adesanya finally seized the initiative, ripping apart the Brazilian’s defence with quick and powerful ‘floor to floor’ punches. Costa tried to keep his composure, after one of the champion’s high kicks he even depicted with his tongue stuck out a knockdown condition. But Borrachinha was not doing so well: he stopped hitting Adesanya at all, but he was constantly taking hard punches and kicks. In one of his exchanges Israel finally brought down Costa with a powerful left side kick, and then brutally fought the challenger with a lot of punches.
The outcome of the fight
Kosta lost his first official fight. So Adesanya, who had fought with Kosta for a long time, shook hands with him.
Francis Ngannou seemed to have forgotten that he’s a god when UFC on FOX 29’s Dana White informed him of his “boring,” approach in an interview on Thursday. It pisses me off so much when these guys fight and win. I want to fight Jared Cannonier now if he beats Robert Whittaker.”